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Before: Ready and Waiting
Basements can be daunting spaces for remodeling. Cluttered, dark, and chilly, basements often convince homeowners to turn their attention to other projects in the home. But basements don't have to stay that way. They can be remodeled and finished so that they not only integrate with the rest of the home, but become a beautiful and valuable asset to the property.
Once you see the amazing basement remodels that these homeowners have accomplished, you'll feel the spark of inspiration to take on this weighty but worthwhile project.
This basement space was already in solid, build-ready condition when Beth, at the design blog Unskinny Boppy, decided to turn it into a home office for her husband.Continue to 2 of 20 below.
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Before: Wood Paneling Overload
The basement space was large enough and showed promise, but it had one major flaw, as far as owner Heather of the design blog The Heathered Nest was concerned: it was seriously ugly. In fact, she calls it the "worst basement you've ever seen." Step one: strip the fake wood paneling and install drywall.Continue to 4 of 20 below.
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After: Time for FamilyContinue to 5 of 20 below.
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Before: Scary and Uninhabitable
Can anything good be said about this basement? Fortunately, design blogger Kat, along with husband Mitch, had enough vision to see beyond this basement's dark, dungeon-like state.Continue to 6 of 20 below.
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The result is nothing short of a total basement transformation. Kat and Mitch created multiple zones for multiple needs: half for entertainment and relaxing, half for working. The work zone was even further divided into "hers and his" areas.Continue to 7 of 20 below.
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After: Favored Hang-Out Spot
It was the start of a year-and-a-half basement finishing project, but it was well worth all of the effort. Jamin and Ashley of the home design blog The Handmade Home began by installing drywall over the cinderblock walls, applying spray foam insulation, and enclosing the necessary but ugly supporting adjustable steel posts. Next came paint, flooring, and furniture, all fusing together to make a lovely daylight basement for work and play.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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The basement provided space for kids to romp around and play. But that's all it was: space. Home design gurus Chris and Julia decided that it was time to fill it out and give the space more utility and function.Continue to 10 of 20 below.
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After: Room for All
With all of the kids' play equipment banished to the backyard, Chris and Julia's basement remodel is a prime example of how to re-purpose a largely ignored area of the home. A giant sectional sofa invites family to gather, nibble, talk, and play games. Stylish pendant lights, along with recessed lights, brighten and cheer up the space.Continue to 11 of 20 below.
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Before: Bare Bones
This basement couldn't even be used for storage because it was too damp and moldy. Design experts John and Sherry of the popular blog Young House Love first had to apply Drylok moisture-sealing paint to the cinderblock walls and regrade the exterior ground to promote drainage away from the house.Continue to 12 of 20 below.
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Before: Dark and Depressing
This basement didn't have much going for it. The area was too dark, gloomy, and very rough around the edges. But the homeowner had a vision for a bright, sparkling multi-purpose room.Continue to 14 of 20 below.
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After: Stunning Transformation
Post-remodel, this basement is now very easy on the eyes and nothing short of incredible. Now, the kids can play contentedly for hours on rainy days. Plus, with the addition of a guest bedroom and full kitchen, the basement can accommodate in-laws when they come to visit.Continue to 15 of 20 below.
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Before: Tired and Cluttered
The basement had definite potential, but it was dark and cluttered. It needed some major help before it could be transformed into the comfortable family area that the homeowners dreamed of.Continue to 16 of 20 below.
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After: Stylish and Cheery
Out with the old and in with the new for this revamped basement. The ratty brown carpeting was ripped out and replaced with luxury vinyl plank flooring. A fresh coat of white ceiling paint dials up the light by reflecting ambient as well as the artificial light from the industrial-look ceiling fixtures.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Before: Finished but Hardly Done
A finished basement is not always the same thing as a designed basement. Sometimes, the basement begins with the basics: walls, a ceiling, lights, and a floor. Gwen Hefner and husband Micah wanted to turn their tiny, airless basement space into a comfortable mancave. They had the basics to start with. The next step, Gwen says, would be a true test to her design skills.Continue to 18 of 20 below.
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After: Basement Mancave Paradise
Because this basement space was so small, Gwen says that her main concern was creating interest and warmth. She eliminated those worries by creating wainscot-style paneling from Metrie.
But the brilliant trick she employed to disguise the too-low ceiling was to paint the walls and ceiling the same color (Farrow & Ball, Elephant's Breath). Painting the ceiling white and the walls a different color would have created a horizontal line. The eye would use this line to establish the height of the ceiling. Instead, walls and ceiling blur together, making the ceiling look higher than it really is.Continue to 19 of 20 below.
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Before: Storage Zone
As a busy Mom of three kids, wife, and a very active lifestyle blogger, Landeelu Anderson didn't exactly have a lot of time to tend to her packed basement. But as an ardent believer in clearing the clutter from one's home, life, and mind, she knew that it was time to act.Continue to 20 of 20 below.
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After: Updated and Gorgeous
Pure design genius animated this basement remodel from lifestyle blogger Landeelu. For one, she decided to paint her doors a dark color, giving them a custom look that stands out from the cooler gray walls. Next, she added pops of interest with unique items, like the aged gold ceiling light fixture from Joss & Main. The fireplace not only adds warmth to the room for guests, but provides a welcome focal point. The result is an adorable space that can now rightfully be called an integrated part of the home.